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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 & ’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Every Day Should Be 'Thank a Teacher Day'
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Every Day Should Be 'Thank a Teacher Day'
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While the next National Teacher Appreciation Day in the U.S. isn’t until May 7, 2019, World Teachers Day is coming up on Oct. 5. It’s nice to have these reminders that we should take time to recognize and thank our teachers. However, here’s a novel idea. Every day should be “Thank a Teacher [Read More]
At Last
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At Last
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After celebrating the completion of the book with a few family and friends, my attention quickly shifts to the next steps. Now the real work (and fun) begins. I am really looking forward to this part of the journey — to see how many lives might be positively impacted by the time, energy, research [Read More]
A Passion with a Purpose
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A Passion with a Purpose
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After a number of years attempting to be an administrator, a job at which I was mediocre at best, I am back in the coaching and instructional world where I have re-discovered a pragmatic passion with a purpose. Writing a book became a part of the passion and purpose. It was not easy. The amount of s [Read More]
From Penn State to Idaho and Back, With Gratitude
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From Penn State to Idaho and Back, With Gratitude
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
My wife and I just returned from 12 amazing days in the state of Idaho. Yes, that’s right, Idaho. I have nothing but gratitude in my heart for the hospitality and generosity of the people we met and worked with while we were in the Gem State. [Read More]
My Parents Sent Me To Business Camp, and I Kinda Liked It
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My Parents Sent Me To Business Camp, and I Kinda Liked It
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
“It’s summer. Why are you making me go to this business camp? Nobody else is going. It’s going to be awful.” Not exactly the reaction we were hoping for from our son Ryan, who just completed his junior year at State High. He was, of course, wrong about a number of things regarding “busines [Read More]
How to Avoid the 'Angsts of August'
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How to Avoid the 'Angsts of August'
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The “Angsts of August” the period of time right before the end of summer when you realize many of the resolutions you made back in January may not come true, when you are suddenly confronted with the fact that the transformational goals you set for yourself may have to wait yet another year. It [Read More]
Real Life 101: The Infectious Power Of A Positive Attitude
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Real Life 101: The Infectious Power Of A Positive Attitude
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Over the next few weeks my columns will be featuring excerpts from my upcoming book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion: 7 Common Sense Principles For Achieving Personal and Professional Success,” which should be out in early August. In this “Real Life 101” excerpt from the book’s second chap [Read More]
A Wedding for the Ages
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A Wedding for the Ages
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I am talking authentic, “love-is-in-the-air” and a “match-made-in-heaven” type of wedding. Well that wedding took place at Calvary Harvest Fields in Boalsburg between two real life heroes this past Saturday. [Read More]
Barkley’s Best Friend
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Barkley’s Best Friend
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I know that all the football fans out there were hoping for a story about our outstanding former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. The good news is that you get another episode of “The Adventures of Barkley the Dog” from his self-proclaimed best friend -- me. [Read More]
A Mother’s Day Treat Stirs Up Great Memories
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A Mother’s Day Treat Stirs Up Great Memories
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While our families have enjoyed great feasts prepared by the moms in our lives, that's but one part of the unconditional love they give that makes each of them so special. [Read More]
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